Processing of Australian Lamb
The Australian sheepmeat processing sector is a world leader in dressing and fabrication. Australian packing plants employ the latest technologies to ensure continued improvement in production efficiency, without sacrificing high levels of meat safety. The Australian sheepmeat industry strives to maintain its international reputation as a leader in food safety and quality. This commitment is backed by Australian government regulations and industry QA programs.
All Australian export sheepmeat packing plants are regulated by the Australian government through the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). AQIS is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Mexican Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion (SAGARPA) to inspect and regulate Australian export sheepmeat for the North American market. USDA, CFIA and SAGARPA ensure that AQIS carries out inspection services via an in-plant government inspector, who verifies that Australia adheres to standards equivalent to U.S., Canada and Mexico domestic meat plants. In addition, USDA, CFIA and SAGARPA conduct regular audits of Australian meat plants and individually license plants to produce sheepmeat for the North American market.
As one of the world’s largest red meat exporters, the Australian red meat industry continually strives to maintain the highest standards worldwide.
In today’s demanding world marketplace, accountability and state-of-the-art HACCP-based food safety systems are essential to producing safe meat and earning consumer confidence. Australian sheepmeat producers and packers are committed to HACCP and delivering the safest meat possible to Australians and to consumers in over 120 countries throughout the world.
More information about Australia’s meat safety systems and standards are available at www.safemeat.com.au.